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Sinikka Langeland

Sinikka Langeland is a folksinger, kantele player and composer who lives in Finnskogen, Norway. Due to her remarkable vocal and concert-kantele technique, she has been described as sounding like a whole orchestra all by herself. She is now recording her own compositions with the legendary record company ECM. She was born in Kirkenær in southeastern Norway in 1961, and studied piano, guitar and contemporary folksong. In 1981 she discovered the instrument kantele, which would become her primary musical interest along with singing. In the 1980s she also devoted time to theatre work and to studies at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, in search of additional approaches to developing her creativity

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Article: Year in Review

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Part 1 | Part 2 Every year the 'Best-of' game is underway again. But, “best of what?" is the immediate question. It's almost impossible for fishes of prey to hunt in a huge herring swarm, or for birds of prey to hunt in those huge budgerigar swarms. 'The best' is a choice from the ...

Article: Album Review

Trio Mediaeval: Rímur

Read "Rímur" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Rimur (vocabolo che ha già fornito il titolo anche a un album dei Sigur Ros) sono le canzoni in rima o allitterate della tradizione epica islandese che forniscono la base di partenza per questo album del Trio Mediaeval, dove alle voci delle tre cantanti norvegesi si unisce quella strumentale del trombettista loro connazionale Arve Henriksen. I ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

ECM e le voci: Theo Bleckmann e Sinikka Langeland

Read "ECM e le voci: Theo Bleckmann e Sinikka Langeland" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Con gli anni, le voci hanno acquistato un carattere sempre più rilevante nel catalogo ECM rispetto ai tempi della sua fondazione, quando l'etichetta bavarese era rivolta alla pubblicazione di musica di carattere prevalentemente jazzistico e quasi esclusivamente strumentale. I primi nomi di cantanti a trovar spazio nel catalogo dell'etichetta sono stati quelli di Norma Winstone, Aina ...

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Article: Album Review

Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen: Rímur

Read "Rímur" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Rímur are songs in the unique Icelandic tradition of rhyming narrative verse. Transmitted orally for centuries, in the twentieth century they were recorded and transcribed by ethnographers and folk song collectors. They form part of the inspiration for this music, along with chants, folk songs, religious hymns, and fiddle tunes. There's also an emphasis on improvisation, ...

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The Magical Forest

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Puun Loitsu; Sammas; Jacob's Dream; The Wolfman; The Magical Forest; Koyri; Kamui; Karsikko; Pillar to Heaven.

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Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs

Read "Rumi Songs" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim may lack the marquee status of countryman (and fellow ECM artist) Jan Garbarek. But he is no less adventurous, and has recently been popping up all over on 2016 ECM releases: on Mats Eilertsen's Rubicon; with Sinikka Langeland and the Trio Medieval on The Magical Forest; with Iro Haarla and symphony orchestra ...

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Article: Album Review

Sinikka Langeland: The Magical Forest

Read "The Magical Forest" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Norwegian singer and kantele player Sinikka Langeland leads her Norwegian-Finnish-Swedish Starflowers quintet through a series of songs built upon myths and legends from Finnskogen, the forested area in eastern Norway bordering Sweden where Langeland has been based since 1992. The name means “forest of the Finns," reflecting the history of Finnish migration to the place during ...

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Article: Album Review

Sinikka Langeland: The Magical Forest

Read "The Magical Forest" reviewed by John Kelman


Some pairings seem, in retrospect, to be made in heaven; so inevitable that it's only when they actually take place that it becomes clear how predestined they were all along. Sinikka Langeland--a forward-thinking traditional singer and kantele (Finnish zither/dulcimer variant) champion garnering significant attention in her home country of Norway over the past two decades--has, since ...

Album

Sinikka Langeland: The half-finished heaven

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Hare rune; The light streams in; The white burden; The half-finished heaven; The woodcock's flight; Caw of the crane; The tree and the sky; The magical bird; Hymn to the fly; Animal miniatures; The blue tit's spring song; Animal moment.


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